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We take a look at what happened at the TUC Making Work Pay? What role can the welfare state play in raising living standards? conference held on 8th December 2014. It focused on the impact of the current high levels of unemployment and falling average weekly earnings, low-paid workers and...
11 December 2014
Commenting on today’s (Thursday) analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) of the Autumn Statement and the forecasts by the Office for Budgetary Responsibility, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Buried beneath the Chancellor’s headline giveaways was a dire report on the state of the economy and the public...
04 December 2014
Commenting on the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts published today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Office for Budget Responsibility has slashed its forecast for next year’s wages growth from 3.2 to 2 per cent with reductions in years to come. Real wages are set to stay...
03 December 2014
Responding to the Autumn Statement today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The living standards crisis has wrecked the Chancellor’s strategy. He has failed his deficit reduction pledge as low-paid Britain is paying much less tax than expected. And businesses won’t find the customers they need if consumers do...
03 December 2014
YouGov research carried out last year for the Centre for Labour and Social Studies finds voters of all politics united in their support for nationalisation of rail. A significant majority of 66% support nationalising the railway companies while only 23% think they should be run privately. The British people also...
01 December 2014
The government is collecting £17bn less than forecast in income tax because of the lack of earnings growth in the UK, according to new analysis published today (Friday) by the TUC. If earnings growth had been in line with the forecast made in June 2010 by the Office for Budgetary...
28 November 2014
Commenting on new analysis published today (Monday) by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which shows that government cuts to social security have not achieved intended savings, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “As the bedroom tax shows, government welfare policies have always been about cuts rather than providing a proper...
17 November 2014
Unions involved in the TUC-led All Together for the NHS campaign are backing a Bill sponsored by Clive Efford MP that will put patients’ needs before private profits and protect health services from privatisation. The National Health Services (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill, published today (Friday), will have its Second...
07 November 2014
The Treasury’s breakdown of how tax revenue is spent by government is a political stunt, the costs of which should be repaid to taxpayers, says the TUC. The tax breakdown given in tax statements has been criticised by the Institute for Fiscal Studies for labelling a quarter of all spending...
04 November 2014
Responding to the IMF World Economic Outlook published today (Tuesday) which draws on IMF research to recommend public investment for global growth, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The IMF’s research shows why austerity is failing across Europe and we have the slowest recovery from a crash on record. Waiting...
07 October 2014

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